Sebi board to discuss changes on delisting at next meeting: Buch

Sebi chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch on Thursday said the markets regulator’s board will be discussing potential changes on delisting at its next meeting. Addressing an event organised by industry body Ficci, Buch said the Sebi management will also table changes on insider trading norms before the board either in December or January.

“There was a popular belief that we will never review the delisting regulations and we will always stay with the reverse book building process. We have a consultation paper that was floated, we have got a lot of feedback and at the next board meeting we are taking that proposal to our board,” Buch said.

Similarly, she said it was widely believed that Sebi is “very dogmatic about insider trading” but the regulator has initiated a relook into the same by initiating consultation.

All these are part of efforts to “eschew dogma”, Buch said, adding that Sebi is focusing on data and backtesting the data to drive regulations. She said the regulator is fine delaying a decision by a few weeks if need be, but made it clear that no regulation will come out sans data and its analysis.

The regulator is adopting a more consultative approach to regulations in the dynamic market landscape, she said, pointing out that a third of the 167 circulars it issued last year have gone through public consultations.

Meanwhile, when asked about trading platforms facing outages, Buch said Sebi has a system where an investor can directly go to an exchange website if a broker is offline.

“If you’re a regular trader who is influenced by minute to minute fluctuations, then you need to diversify risk, open an account with two brokers,” she advised.

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